It’s a busy weekend for graduating seniors and their families in the Southern Tier.
Three of Tioga County’s public high school’s will hold their graduation ceremonies on Friday night, all scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Waverly will graduate its seniors in a ceremony at the high school athletic field, Newark Valley will hold graduation in the high school auditorium and Spencer-Van Etten in the high school gymnasium. Candor has scheduled graduation for 730pm Friday.
Tioga’s largest high school, Owego Free Academy, will hold its graduation at 10am Saturday at Christy J. Valvo Stadium on the OFA campus. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Your Hometown WEBO. Tioga Central will also hold graduation on Saturday.
Other ceremonies throughout the Southern Tier include Maine-Endwell at 7 p.m. Friday at the BU Events Center, Vestal at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at Events Center, and Union-Endicott at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arena in downtown Binghamton.
This year’s Owego Free Academy graduation will once again be held at the Christy J. Valvo Stadium on campus. There was some question about the location due to renovations on the property. The ceremony will begin at 10am on Saturday, June 24 and will again be carried live on WEBO. Those who can’t make the commencement ceremony will be able to listen live on all our radio frequencies and online at listentowebo.com.
Five local high school seniors will compete at Tioga Downs Sunday in the track’s annual Scholarship Race. Each of the seniors has received a $1,700 scholarship from the track and the local horsemen’s associations. Each of the five winners will be paired with a trainer to pilot a harness racehorse around the track immediately following the day’s scheduled races. The participating seniors are Ethan Pryor from Owego, Anna Raymond from Newark Valley, Ashley Tiffany from Tioga, Alicia Cygan from Vestal, and Jacob Pylypciw from Union-Endicott. Post time for Sunday’s races is 1pm at Tioga Downs. Racing will also be held tonight and tomorrow beginning at 6:50pm.
An Owego Free Academy senior has received a $3,000 scholarship from SUEZ and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies. Gary King was honored during a dinner in West Point. He will be majoring in Environmental Engineering at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry next year and hopes to someday develop cleaner sources of water and energy in under-developed countries. SUEZ owns the water companies locally in Owego and Nichols.
Voters in the Owego-Apalachin District will be asked to consider a proposed spending plan of $45.9 million for the 2017-2018 school year. The budget contains a property tax increase of 1.05 percent, which is below the district’s nine-year average of 1.23 percent – the lowest average increase in the region. Residents will be asked if they would like to increase taxpayer funding of the Coburn Free Library by $35,000. Voting will be held from noon to 8pm at both the Apalachin Elementary School and Owego Free Academy. Budget information is available online at www.oacsd.org.
The Owego-Apalachin School District will hold the first of their two budget information meetings tonight at the Apalachin Elementary School. Superintendent Corey Green will present the particulars of the district’s proposed budget for next school year beginning at 6pm at AES. Residents are invited to attend and ask questions. A similar event will be held at 6pm Thursday at the OA District Office. The district’s proposed budget for next year calls for $45.9 million in spending and a 1.05 percent increase to the property tax levy. Residents will vote on the proposed budget May 16, two weeks from today.
The Owego Free Academy Athletics Department recognized 11 student-athletes yesterday who are planning to participate in college athletics next year. All 11 signed their commitment letters in the OFA Lobby yesterday in front of the student body. Here is the full list of the student-athletes and where they will be attending:
- Cole Paradies, Basketball, Wells College (Div. 3)
- Caleb Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Micah Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Mason Ford, Lacrosse, Maryville University (Div. 2)
- Joe Kuchinski, Lacrosse, Wilkes University (Div. 3)
- Tyler Short, Track & Field, Bryant and Stratton College (ICA)
- Clayton Wolfe, Track & Field, University at Buffalo (Div. 1) or Binghamton University (Div. 1)
- Bella Coleman, Volleyball, University of Virginia (Div. 1) or University of Rochester (Div. 3)
- Makenna Kallin, Volleyball, Fredonia State (Div. 3)
- Savannah Terry, Volleyball, Elmira College (Div. 3)
- Devin Horton, Wrestling, Alfred State (Div. 3)
The Owego-Apalachin School District Board of Education adopted their final budget last night. The $45.9 million spending plan will go before district voters on May 16. It includes a 1.05 percent increase to the property tax levy, but individual tax rates will be determined by state equalization rates later this year. The district ended up receiving $360,000 more in state aid than they anticipated, which slightly increased the final budget from the plan that was presented in March. The proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year increases spending by 1.9 percent over the current year’s budget. Information sessions will be held for district voters at 6pm on Tuesday, May 2 at Apalachin Elementary and at 6pm on Thursday, May 4 at the District Offices.